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1922: Harry Burton's Tutankhamun

1922 - 1925
The Valley of the Kings, Egypt

by Harry Burton

Thank you to
Christoph Schulz, Wolfgang Wild, Catherine Warsi, Dr Wolfgang Wettengel

Produced by
SC Exhibitions at Premier Exhibitions

Exhibition Photograph
© Limor Garfinkle

Source
© The Griffiths Institute

The discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun has inspired millions for decades. For the first time, thirty of Harry Burton's iconic photographs documenting the most sensational event in archaeology have been painstakingly reconstructed in colour for the exhibition The Discovery of King Tut on New York's 5th Avenue.
 

"At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold — everywhere the glint of gold."

- Howard Carter, archaeologist


Working with the Griffith Institute, who own the original photographs, every single item in each photograph was identified using original archaeologist Howard Carter's own handwritten inventory notes, and compared to the restored artefacts in several museums. 

 

December 1922
The Antechamber

by Harry Burton

A ceremonial bed in the shape of the Celestial Cow, surrounded by provisions and other objects in the antechamber of the tomb.

 

December 1922
The Antechamber

by Harry Burton

Sealed alabaster 'unguent' vases between the cow-headed and lion couches against the west wall of the Antechamber.

 

1923
The Treasury

by Harry Burton

The Anubis shrine on the threshold of the Treasury viewed from the Burial Chamber. The figure of Anubis was covered with a linen shirt inscribed with the cartouche of Akhenaten.

 

December 2nd, 1923
The Burial Chamber

by Harry Burton

Howard Carter (centre), Arthur Callender and two Egyptian workmen lifting one roof section from the first, outermost shrine. With its double sloping roof, the shape of this shrine resembles that of a 'sed festival pavilion'; it was made of from twenty separate oak sections, held together by a variety of different joints.

 

January 4th, 1924
The Burial Chamber

by Harry Burton

Howard Carter (kneeling), Arthur Callender and an Egyptian workman in the Burial Chamber, looking through the open doors of the four gilded shrines towards the quartzite sarcophagus.

 

29th/30th October, 1925
The Burial Chamber

by Harry Burton

Howard Carter and an Egyptian workman examine the third (innermost) coffin made of solid gold, inside the case of the second coffin.

 

29th/30th October, 1925
The Burial Chamber

by Harry Burton

The iconic gold funerary mask in situ on the mummy of the King, still inside the third (innermost) solid gold coffin.

 

1900 - Present: Unwrapping Times Square

1900 - Present
Times Square, New York

Concept
Jordan J. Lloyd & Carles Marsal

Thank you to
Christoph Schulz, Limor Garfinkle & Deborah Humphries, Emily Kern, Mark Lach and Maribel Moran

Presented by
Mashable

Produced by
SC Exhibitions at Premier Exhibitions

Exhibition Photographs
© Jason Woodruff

Sources
Library of Congress, Getty, Corbis

100 years, 20 photographs, 4 views, 1 location.

Unwrapping Times Square celebrates the crossroads of the world by seamlessly combining over a hundred years into a seamless and spectacular image where decades cascade into one another. The hypnotic result is a beautiful and surreal panoramic photograph, simultaneously instantly familiar and disconcertingly anachronistic at once. It is a physical manifestation of Retronaut's mission to show 'the past like never before'.

Conceived as the centre-piece for Retronaut's New York, Unwrapping Times Square is a literally wall-sized photograph that confuses and delights the viewer in equal measure, a 'timescape', if you will.

 

"A wonderful piece... wow"

- Josh Sapan, CEO, AMC Networks

Photographs

2016, Limor Garfinkle
1980, Carol M. Highsmith
1969, Bettmann
1966, R. Krubner
1954, Underwood and Underwood, A. Feininger
1953, Gottscho Schleisner, Inc.

1951, SuperStock
1947, William P. Gottlieb
1945, Bettmann
1940, Gottscho Schleisner, Inc.
1939, Underwood and Underwood

 

1938, Philip Gendreau, Bettmann
1935, Charles Phelps
1934, Irving Underhill, Inc.
1910, Philip Gendreau, Bettmann
1908, Detroit Publishing Co.
1900, Detroit Publishing Co.

1900s: Retronaut's New York

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"New York like you've never seen it before"

- Mashable

5th Avenue, New York

Concept & Curation
Wolfgang Wild, Retronaut

Graphic Design
La Placa Cohen

Consulting
Rainer Verbizh & March Lach

Thank you to
Christoph Schulz, Jim Roberts & Josh Sapan

Presented by
Mashable

Produced by
SC Exhibitions at Premier Exhibitions

Exhibition Photographs
© Jason Woodruff

Panorama Sources
The Library of Congress

An exhibition on New York's 5th Avenue, Retronaut's New York presents 40 high definition panoramas of New York as it was in the 1900s, restored to their original condition.

The belief that the past is qualitatively different from the present is a persistent one. Some of its roots lie in the acceleration of recording technology across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Put simply, the further back in time we go, the hazier the photographic record becomes - quite literally. So it comes as a surprise to witness the version of New York recorded by these panoramic photographs - the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s, yet a version that is super-high-res, and deeply detailed. It’s New York’s past in widescreen.